Despite the fact that Minnesota is one of just nine states without an operational military base, the Minnesota National Guard performs better than most.
Instead of a drill sergeant from central casting, Hong is a Le Cordon Bleu-trained sushi chef in the Twin Cities. He’s a witty and engaging poster on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, and one of the most active Minnesota National Guard recruiters on social media. Perhaps that personal approach is why, despite being one of only nine states without an active-duty military, Minnesota has fared better than others in terms of military recruiting. Minnesota has fared better than others in terms of military recruiting. Minnesota had 1,093 enlistments in the Army National Guard last fiscal year, ranking fourth out of 54 states and territories. Only Texas has seen more enlistments this fiscal year than Minnesota.